HDC approves new studio construction on Dairy Hollow

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Rhonda Dixon is one step closer toward installing a studio at her home at 327 Dairy Hollow, but not everyone supports the new addition.

The Historic District Commission heard from Dixon’s neighbor, Buddy Boyd, who said he objected to the application. Boyd spoke at the commission’s meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

“I live at 331 Dairy Hollow next door to the worst neighbor in Eureka Springs,” Boyd said. “I ask you to deny this request for a second inappropriate outsized Dirksen house next door.”

Boyd said he should have objected to Dixon’s first request to place a shed on her property, but he didn’t realize the size of the building.

“It was delivered as a house,” Boyd said.

Boyd said he has many problems with Dixon as a neighbor, accusing Dixon of refusing to mow or clean up her property.

“The ditch is an open cesspool that floods every yard every time it rains. I’ve spent thousands on my lawn to no good effort,” Boyd said. “Right next door is an open cesspool surrounded by what’s going to be a group of Dirksen buildings.”

Boyd said he’s concerned that Dixon doesn’t have running water to the site where she wants to place the studio.

“There’s no modern electrical support system to that site. The live wires on the ground … when that place burns, Sonny’s house and mine are gone with it,” Boyd said. “Dirksen buildings are not appropriate in a historic district.”

Boyd continued, “I’ve spoken to the engineer at maintenance here. They denied the permit for that, and when they did deny it, she end-ran him to you folks. Y’all were the second dip on the attempt to get a Dirksen building on that site. That thing is way too big and it’s dangerous.”

Dixon said none of that is true, saying Boyd has had a vendetta against her for years.

“He was always angry because he wanted to buy the place from Paul Trammel, and Paul Trammel died and Daryl Trammel sold it to me,” Dixon said. “I don’t know where he’s coming from on a lot of that. He’s got piles of trash on his back porch. He’s got piles of mattresses out back.”

Chairman Steve Holifield clarified the commission’s job.

“What we approve is the style and if it fits in the neighborhood,” Holifield said.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the studio. In other new business, the commission approved requests to add railings across the front porch at 3 King St., add a wine cellar at 9 Prospect and add a new carport at 2 Angus.

The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at The Auditorium.

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